A change in driving conditions warrants a change in driving rules and behavior. In a wintry mix of ice, snow and slick road conditions, the usual "3-second rule" may no longer apply. It's important to increase your distance significantly from other vehicles during your daily winter commute.
- Here are a few other safe driving behaviors you might want to consider as well:
- Brake firmly to come to a stop and avoid a skid
Most vehicles are equipped with front or all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. So, feel free to hit the brakes but hold the steering wheel straight when riding the ice. Your car should recover in no time.
- Accelerate into and coast through a turn
Obviously, slowing down before you reach a corner will help you maintain control of your car on ice. But ideally you should ease into the turn with a little acceleration and continue through by coasting, steering, and braking only as needed.
- Use great care when changing direction
If you're in a tight spot and need to make a 3-point turn to change directions on ice, accelerating too much can cause your wheels to spin out or worse. It's better to ease off the gas pedal and use the brakes as needed.
Remember: Stopping, turning, and changing directions take more time than usual on ice and snow, and practicing good driving behavior will help you maintain control.
Rule of thumb? Keep your distance!